Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“So How Good Do You Want to Be?”


“So, we shall let the reader answer this question for himself:  who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”    (Hunter S. Thompson)



“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it.”    (Edward Albee)



“Fortune knocks at every man’s door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.”     (Mark Twain)



“Excuses always come from the losing locker room.”    (Lou Holtz)



“So how good do you want to be?  All of us want to be good at our jobs, but how good do we really want to be?  Quite good.  Good.  Very good.  The best in the field.  Or the best in the world?  Talent helps, but it won’t take you as far as ambition. … Everybody wants to be good, but not many are prepared to make the sacrifices it takes to be great.  Most people are looking for a solution, a way to become good. There is no instant solution, the only way to learn is through experience and mistakes.  You will become whoever you want to be.  You can achieve the unachievable.

First, you need to aim beyond what you are capable of.  You must develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end.  Try to do the things that you’re incapable of.  If you think you’re unable to work for the best company in its sphere, make that your aim.  If you think you’re incapable of running a company, make that your aim.  If you think you’re unable to be on the cover of Time magazine, make it your business to be there.  Make your vision of where you want to be a reality.  Nothing is impossible.”    (Paul Arden, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be)



“Do something brilliant every day.  Sell something in a dynamic way.  Spectacularly deliver a presentation.  Slash through a difficult obstacle.  Dream a wonderful dream.”    (Roger von Oech)



“Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”   (Norman Vincent Peale)



“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



“I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer’ in any situation, any organization.  Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf.  It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.”    (Stephen R. Covey)



“Nothing will work unless you do.”    (Maya Angelou)




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